To date we have helped
- two people to find a venture idea
- two social entrepreneurs to connect through our networking event and start a partnership
We will also help
- people who want to become social entrepreneurs to finalize and realize their venture ideas
- companies, NGOs, GOs and SEs to network
How do you engage and impact the community?
We engage and impact the community indirectly through the new social ventures that start through Be a Change. They will all engage and impact the community in their own ways that they choose themselves.
We impact and engage the community also directly through
- social entrepreneurship encouragement
- connecting NGOs, GOs, companies and social ventures
- youth development
(- employment of people who have difficulties with getting a job)
We encourage social entrepreneurship by communicating the program through media and PR activities in order to raise awareness about social entrepreneurship and what it takes to start a social venture. Thus we aim to encourage people to consider social entrepreneurship as a career.
We connect NGOs, GOs, companies and social ventures through bringing people from all these sectors together, first virtually in the virtual collaboration and then physically in the expo. When negotiating about partnerships we are also communicating the societal trend of emerging social entrepreneurship and raising awareness of the importance of developing partnerships with social enterprises.
We develop youth through organizing Be a Change 2008 with a team of young volunteers. We are organizing their work so that they can do things they are passionate about and develop the things they want to develop in themselves.
Next year we are going to increase youth development impact by organizing Be a Change 2009 with an international team of AIESEC members who come to work together in Helsinki for two months. After Be a Change 2009, we will also provide international internship opportunities for AIESEC members so that they work for the partner companies who contribute to the prize of Be a Change competition. Thus they also develop their cultural understanding and adaptability.
Possibly in the future, we will start employing disadvantaged, homeless and long-term unemployed people and immigrants in order to offer jobs for those who have had hard to get them. The purpose is to organize their work so that it is educational at the same time, in order to make it easier for them to get employed or start their own business in the future.
How do you measure this impact?
The new social ventures, that start through Be a Change, measure their own impact and we measure our indirect impact by compiling their measurements. In Be a Change expo, the venturers get education about how to measure social and environmental impacts and motivation and plans to measure impact are also part of evaluation criteria in the competition. We are also exploring the possibility of including measurement services in the prize.
We measure the amount of media coverage we receive and the approximate number of people we reach with it, as that implies how much we raise public awareness for social entrepreneurship.
One year after the expo, we are sending a questionnaire to all participants to find out what they have ended up doing with social entrepreneurship and what their plans are. Thus we will find out how many of them have been inspired enough to start their own social venture or go to work to somebody else's and how many are planning to do so.
One year after the expo, we are also sending a questionnaire to all the companies and organizations that were present to find out what kind of partnerships they have started because of the expo and what their results have been.
We are measuring youth development through individual interviews with all team members after the project to find out what they have learned.
We are also measuring the number of jobs we create; how big proportion of those are for young, disadvantaged, homeless or long-term unemployed people or immigrants and how many of these people get another job after this.